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WELCOME to the Virginia Inclusive Practices Community of Practice! In July 2008, Governor Tim Kaine created the Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) to coordinate a seamless continuum of services and expand access to high quality education for all young children (birth to age 5) and their families, particularly those children who are at-risk. To accomplish this task the OECD is working with early childhood leaders, the Special Quest Birth-Five: Head Start/Hilton Foundation Training Program and the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI), to develop a statewide professional development system that is coordinated, accountable, and supported by a high quality workforce. This community of practice was initiated to support the work of the OECD and to meet federal and state mandated goals to increase the percentage of preschoolers with disabilities who are educated with typically developing peers. We encourage you to join our community in order to work collaboratively with public and private educational and child care providers to increase and improve practitioner knowledge and use of inclusive practices for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities. -

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